Campus and Residential Support

Apply to be a Residential Advisor

Applications for the 2019/20 academic year and deferred applications for 2020/21 are now closed. If you are a shortlisted candidate you must be available to interview on the 16th and 17th March 2019. More information about the role available in the FAQ and Youtube links below

Interested in supporting other students at uni? Want to add to your CV, gain valuable experience and be part of a fun and sociable team? Then becoming a Residential Advisor (RA) might be perfect for you. Applications go live in January and will be available for download on this page.


RA Role Description  


Further Information

 Please read through the drop-down boxes below to see if any questions you may have are answered here.

Role of a Residential Advisor

Residential Advisors act as a confidential first point of contact for pastoral care during students’ time in University-managed accommodation at Sussex. This includes on-campus, off-campus and Sussex Homes properties in Brighton, Lewes and the local area. The Residential Advisor role specification above gives a list of expectations. 

For quick reference a summary of the RA role is below;

  • To help facilitate a harmonious living environment for residents living in University managed accommodation both on and off-campus
  • To be knowledgeable of university facilities and assist with signposting to wider support services where necessary
  • To conduct termly Kitchen Meetings with all residents
  • To attend monthly Team Meetings with other Residential Advisors in their area
  • To respond to flat disputes by facilitiating mediations as required
  • To report in a timely manner to Team Leader / Residential Community Coordinator
  • To write factual reports detailing incidents witnessed or reported
  • To be involved (leading and supporting) with Social Programming Events each term
  • To create content and maintain an active presence with weekly postings on designated Social Media sites connected to the RA Scheme
  • To maintain a regular, active relationship with residential area’s Building Manager, Porter and Housekeepers
  • To have a good understanding of the residents handbook and university policies
  • To share important information from the University to studnets and vice versa

Frequently asked questions about the RA role: 

What is a residential advisor?

Residential Advisors (RAs) are full-time students from both the UK and overseas trained in peer mediation, crises intervention and student welfare issues. RAs live in university-managed accomodation alongside first-year students and/or PostGrads.

Where do I find out more information about the role?

There are multiple Applicant Information Sessions throughout February 2019. These sessions will provide more information about the role and allow you to ask questions of current residential advisors. The dates, times and locations of these sessions are shown above. You can also send any questions you might have to and one of the Residential Community Coordinator's will respond to you as soon as possible.

How long are applications open and when are the interviews?

Applications are open now and will close 24th February 2019. If you are successful in your application, you MUST be available for interviews all day on 16th & 17th March 2019. Group interviews will be conducted on Saturday 16th March 2019 and the individual interviews will be scheduled for Sunday 17th March 2019.

Due to the nature of a group-setting interview we will unfortunately not be able to offer Skype interview.

Can I choose where I'll live as a Residential Advisor?

You will be asked to rate all of the available residences in order of preference at the interview stage. You should only include residences you are actually willing to live in but the more flexible you are the better (as you will be giving yourself more options for possible placement).

We will do our utmost to place you in the accomodation that you want but this is all subject to availability and so we cannot promise that you will live in your top choice accomodation. 

Do I have to live on campus?

No. While the majority of our residences are on campus, we also have a number of properties off-campus available for RAs to live in. These include both university-managed off-campus properties and Sussex Homes properties in Brighton, Hove, Lewes and the local area.

How much rebate do I get?

As an RA, you will receive a rent rebate of £27 per week for your RA duties. This is given in instalments at the end of each term. If you live off-campus, you will also receive extra rebate to cover your travel costs. 

To help you get an idea of what’s involved, here are some videos from some previous RAs giving insight into their experience: